Intravenous Sedation Instructions

Pre-Operative Intravenous Sedation Instructions

    1. To reduce the chances of nausea, do not eat anything for at least six hours prior to your appointment. Clear liquids (juice/water) can be consumed up to three hours pre-operatively:
        • If your appointment is early in the morning, do not eat anything between bedtime and your scheduled appointment.
        • If your appointment is in the early afternoon, be sure to eat a light but nutritious breakfast.
        • Unless specified by your dentist, all medicines taken on a routine basis should be continued without interruption.
    2. Stay well hydrated 2-3 days prior to your appointment. This will help us establish a successful IV line.
    3. A responsible adult, over the age of 18 years, must accompany the patient to the clinic and remain here throughout the entire procedure. Following the sedation, this responsible adult must escort the patient home and a responsible adult should remain with the patient for the remainder of the day.
    4. Minors (persons under the age of 18 years) must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
    5. Patients should wear clothing which is not restrictive to the neck or arms. Patients should wear loose-fitting tops on which the sleeves can be rolled to the shoulder.
    6. Contact lenses should be removed prior to sedation
    7. Following the sedation, patients should refrain from driving an automobile or engaging in any activity that requires alertness until the next day.

FAILURE TO FOLLOW ANY OF THESE INSTRUCTIONS WILL RESULT IN CANCELLATION OF THE SEDATION APPOINTMENT

For any questions or concerns prior to or following sedation please contact Dr. David Cichon at Southport Dental Care 255-3202. An after-hours emergency contact number is available on the clinic answering machine should you call after 4:30pm.